April Meeting

Executive Director Corner

Last Meeting

Compliance Training:
Here is a Resource 

FMANM Health Care Committee

April Newsletter PDF

Upcoming Events Calendar

2015 Programs Announced

May 20— San Juan Chama Water Project Update

June—Isotopes Baseball

July—Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

August 19—Healthcare Insurance Updates/Affordable Care Act

September 16—The Film Industry and Your Facility

October—FAB O&M Show

November 18—Facility Energy Efficiency Audits

December 16—Holiday Social


Director of Plant Operations

Alliance Data currently has an opening in our Facilities department.

Operations Manager for the Cottonwood Mall

Director of Plant Operations - Albuquerque, NM HealthSouth - Albuquerque, New Mexico Area

Supervisory Facility Engineer
Department Of Health And Human Services
Indian Health Service

Maintenance Mechanic for Santa Fe Manufacturing Company

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Board of Directors


George Jimenez

Vice President

Tom Plummer
Indian Health Service


Lori Gunnare
National Roofing Company
W 505 883 3000 
C 505 252 2707
F 505 883 1719

Dave Jensen
R.E. Michel Co.
505-239-5721 cell


Kevin Givens
The Johnston Co.


Mary Beth Hames
ARMA SW Region Director
Mike Chavez
Account Manager
Ace Asphalt
Selby Lucero
Facility Manager
Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union
Jessica Leyva
Account Manager
SMI Facility Services
Micaela Sandoval
Account Manager
Moving Solutions

Executive Director

Carolee Griffin
505-377-5309 cell


Web Master

Roy Evans
505 577 4145




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To Solar or Not to Solar?

April Meeting

According to Wikipedia, solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photovoltaic effect.

From small residential projects to huge utility installations (such as the largest concentrating solar power plant in the world, located in the Mojave Desert of California), solar energy is considered to be a viable world-wide solution for sustainable power sourcing.  Some estimates predict that solar power will account for 27% of global electricity generation by 2050.

What does this trend mean for you as a facility manager, engineer, or building owner?  What applications will meet your requirements for return on investment?  What about using solar to power your parking lot lighting? Can you save money going solar?  

Join your associates with the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico at 7 am on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, for a working breakfast at the Garduno’s Uptown Restaurant as an expert from Positive Energy Solar explores the new frontier of solar power for commercial applications.  As always, reservations are required but FIRST TIME FACILITY MANGERS are FREE.  RSVP online at www.fmanm.com where you can pay by credit card.  Cost is $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.

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April Executive Director Column

Executive Director Column

This month you will receive a phone call or an email from a member of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico’s “Golf Gang” asking you to pledge your support for our 5th Annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament, held again this year at the beautiful Isleta Eagle Championship Golf Course on Friday, July 24th, 2015, with an 9 am tee time.

Because we know times are still tough and everyone has only so much “fun money” to allocate, MARK JULY 24TH on your calendar today.  Ask anyone who has attended this event:  it is one of the most smoothly run, door prize-laden tournaments you will ever play in.  Last year, 139 golfers were not wrong!  We hope to meet or exceed that number this year.  It is always the party of the summer for facility managers and their supporters.

Remember that this fund raiser is our primary means of funding for the scholarships which FMANM supports at the University of New Mexico and at the Central New Mexico Community College.  CNM has been underscored in recent year because the tradesmen and women trained there are the very people who are the facility managers of the future, the technicians we need to hire right now, and in general, the people who will manage our infrastructure into the coming years.

With money tight, it is more important than EVER that these ambitious students, both young and old, receive the monetary help they need to finish their educations and enter our work force with the qualifications that we desperately need.

YOU can help.  Please visit www.fmanm.com  and register your intention to play a foursome, sponsor the event at the Gold, Silver, or Platinum level, purchase the Hole in One, buy a hole sponsorship, or just donate a nice door prize.  Now is the time to help the people who help us!   

Follow the prompts, pay with your credit card, and you’re DONE!  Sure, you still have to network with the state’s preeminent  facility managers and suppliers while you pick up your name tag, but the days of looking for the ATM or asking for an in-arears invoice are finally over!  Special thanks to FMA board members Dave Jensen, Lori Gunnare, Kevin Givens, and webmaster Roy Evans for their work on this particular project. 

Player Registration

Hole Sponsor Registration

Tournament sponsor Registration

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The Real Importance of Electrical Safety Programs
Riveted Facility Folks at March Meeting


Jeff Platter should know.  He personally experienced an arc flash blast that would have killed him if not for the personal protective gear he was wearing.  “It changed my life,” he said, and then impressed the gathering of facility managers, engineers, electricians, and services suppliers at the March meeting of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico with his first- hand knowledge of the critical importance of electrical safety programs.  His message was reinforced by Bob Dunnington with New Mexico OHSA who summarized the local effort to step up enforcement of these programs.

Over 2,000 people are admitted to hospitals and burn centers every year due to electrical arc flash burns.  The temperature can reach 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pressure wave can exceed thousands of pounds per square foot. Projectiles can be expelled at 700 mph and vaporized copper expands at a ratio of 67,000:1.  “Approximately 400 fatalities a year are attributed to these incidents,” Jeff said, “but I am here to make you aware of how you can deter this from happening in your facility.

Jeff emphasized that while the PPE he was wearing saved his life, it is only a part of the equation.  “Electrical safety requires first energy control procedures,  then requires qualified personnel following a written safety program.  From here you must perform a hazard analysis including an arc flash study.  Finally, you must train your electricians and provide them with the proper PPE for which ever situation they may find themselves.”  

Also on hand was Robert Dunnington with NM OSHA (Robert.dunnington@state.nm.us) who was on hand to provide direct information on his agency’s movement towards ramping up their involvement with compliance for this important life/safety mandate. “I am here to help you in a consultative way, so no one at your facility is ever harmed by this,” he said.

Click on the links below for an in depth link to Jeff’s graphic presentation and his contact information.

Electrical Safety - pdf version

Electrical Safety - Power point version

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CNM Scholarship Fund Endowed in February

The Facility Manager Association of New Mexico has the greater goal of raising money to give to scholarship for tradesmen and women who are entering the HVAC, electrical, building controls, and plumbing trades. At the February meeting the FMA board-- from left, Carolee Griffin, Lori Gunnare, Mike Chavez, Mary Beth Hames, and Jessica Leyva present CNM’S Samantha Starr with a check for $4,500.00. To Samantha’s left are Kevin Givens, Tom Plummer, Selby Lucero, and Dave Jensen, also FMA board members.

Money for this scholarship and another at UNM come from proceeds from the annual golf tournament and the FMA trade show which is held each fall.


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Attention Healthcare Facility Managers
Or Any FM who Needs Compliance Training:
Here is a Resource 

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Hazardous Waste Bureau conducts hazardous waste inspections at hospitals, pharmacies, as well as other types of facilities.  They offer their services to conduct free training concerning managing hazardous waste at hospitals and pharmacies.  Having recently conducted inspections at several hospitals, they have found the majority of them to be out of compliance.  Their aim to provide this training to large audiences spreads the information more quickly than individually inspecting each hospital/pharmacy.

But beyond healthcare, NMED believes they might be able to target some training for other diverse and various types of facilities.  Compliance assistance is a key component in their program and keeping facilities in compliance makes the job a lot easier. 

Need more information to start this discussion? Contact Janine Kraemer, CHMM, Hazardous Waste Supervisor for the New Mexico Environment Department, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1,Santa Fe NM 87505 office  505-476-4372, or email to janine.kraemer@state.nm.us  or connect with Facility Manager Association’s vice president, Tom Plummer with the Indian Health Services at thomas.plummer@ihs.gov

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